Nineteen year old wins Brazil Open
Nineteen year old Cho Eon Rae won the all Korean Menís Singles final at the Brazil Open in S„o Paulo on Sunday 25th June 2005.
The slight degree of extra experience proved a telling factor as he overcam his eighteen year old compatriot, Lee Jin Kwon, in five games.
Cho Eon Rae won 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 11-2, 11-5.
ďI enjoy coming to South AmericaĒ, smiled Cho Eon Rae. ďIím really pleased to have won; I feel a great sense of pride.Ē There is no wonder the nineteen year old Korean enjoys visiting South America. In 2003 he was the runner up in the Boysí Singles event at the World Junior Championships in Chile and in 2005 he reached the semi-final of the Under 21 Menís Singles event in Brazil whilst one week later in Santiago, he captured the title.
Lee Jin Kwon tends to concentrate on trying to play his fast forehand as often as possible, his backhand being less potent. Cho Eon Rae was prepared to move around his backhand early in the rallies and attack the Lee Jin Kwon backhand, thus minimising the effectiveness of his adversary.
Meanwhile, for Lee Jin Kwon, it was the first time he had ventured beyond the round of the last sixteen in a Menís Singles event on the ITTF Pro Tour. He had reached that round on three previous occasions: the Volkswagen Open Korea and the Panasonic China Open in 2005 whilst in 2006 he had reached the same stage at the Volkswagen Open Korea.
It was a most impressive performance.
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